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Steaming Ahead Project Manager

Job specification

Contract: 1 year
Salary: £33,670 pro rata
Hours: 14 hours a week flexible working hours

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society is a largely volunteer run organisation with around 400 working volunteers. The Society operates the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and Museum of Scottish Railways and cares for a collection that has been recognised by the Scottish Government as being of national significance.

We are currently delivering a project called Steaming Ahead in association with a number of funders including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will see major re-development at the organisation’s Bo’ness site. The project will see a new steam engineering facility with public viewing gallery, a new entrance and public engagement space at the Museum of Scottish Railways and improved access throughout the site. An exciting programme of activities will be delivered as part of this project.

This post will require an individual to work as part of our team, consisting of voluntary and paid staff to oversee the project progress, work with the project staff and project oversight board to ensure that all aspects of the complex first year of the project are delivered on time. This role will also involve reporting to all the relevant funders and external partners.

The post holder will work alongside the project staff, the Business Development Manager, the Museum Director and key volunteers. The post is initially for one year.

Key responsibilities:

1. To oversee all aspects of the Steaming Ahead project plan
2. To engage with all members of the project team and ensure that work is progressing according to the plan
3. Ensure that work on contracts is carried out
4. Work to ensure project legacy and sustainability
5. Maintain communication with project funders and ensure reporting is up to date
6. Maintain communication with project partners
7. Work alongside SRPS staff and volunteers to develop local community relations
8. Work with identified project partners on the successful rollout of key project areas
9. Engage evaluation consultants to develop key performance indicators and establish evaluation principles is developed for the project
10. Liaise with relevant staff and volunteers at SRPS
11. Other duties as required

Although the working hour pattern can be adapted to suit the individual, occasional weekend and evening work will be required and the Project Manager will be expected to take a flexible approach to duties and work as part of a small team of staff.

Qualifications and experience

Essential
1. Educated to degree level or equivalent
2. Experience of working as part of a varied team
3. Strategic planning experience and skills
4. Proven track record of project reporting and evaluation
5. Experience of working with a number of partners to deliver collaborative projects
6. Flexible confident approach with the ability to work as part of a team
7. Experience of working on own initiative with an agreed work programme
8. Good understanding of basic IT systems and an ability to prepare written reports and programmes

Desirable
1. Have an interest in railways
2. Experience of working with volunteers and co-ordinating volunteer groups
3. Have experience of marketing and social media activity
4. Experience of working to the requirements of HLF or similar project

Closing date for this position is 12th February 2020. Applications should include a CV and covering letter and be sent to 17-19 North Street, Bo’ness, West Lothian, EH51 0AQ or office@srps.org.uk. For further information about the position please telephone 01506 825855.

Steaming Ahead Project Information
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) was founded in 1961, at a time when rapid change was sweeping away much of the infrastructure of the Victorian railways. The Society has been built into the Four-Star visitor attraction it is today through the drive and passion of committed volunteers, members and staff. The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway allows the collections to be seen in operation in an authentic environment – Scotland’s railway history is truly alive at Bo’ness, from the best of Victorian engineering all the way through to the results of post war modernisation. Long established within the local community of Bo’ness, Falkirk District, SRPS is made up of:
1. Museum of Scottish Railways
2. Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway
3. SRPS Railtours

Steaming Ahead is an ambitious project that will focus on the Society’s steam locomotive collection with the core aim of transferring skills and knowledge to the next generation through activities and training for volunteers, trainees and apprentices in a newly erected steam engineering facility. The new steam facility will provide an opportunity for visitors to observe the work of staff and volunteers from a public viewing gallery. It will be the focus of new interactive interpretation and detailed information on the work being carried out on the locomotives. It will also provide much improved working conditions and opportunities for the volunteers and greater protection for the steam locomotive collection. This project will create a new, shorter visitor trail around the site connecting visitors from the station platform to the new steam shed and onto the Museum of Scottish Railways. The museum will have a new entrance installed which will provide a much-needed heated reception and visitor engagement area with refreshments. A range of different types of interpretation will be developed for visitors along the trail and in the new facilities. A comprehensive programme of activities will be scheduled for visitors and volunteers and it is anticipated that this project will see an increase in local visitors and those from further afield.

The skills required to conserve, restore and maintain working steam locomotives are at risk. It is more than 50 years since steam locomotives operated on the main line. The SRPS skilled steam volunteers want to pass on their skills and experiences to a younger generation of apprentices, trainees and volunteers. Without these skills, the ability of SRPS to maintain and operate steam locomotives will be at risk. The Steaming Ahead project will provide an opportunity for young people and volunteers to learn new skills and gain new experiences, building capacity within the site.
The project will enable:
• succession planning to create a new generation of skilled staff and volunteers
• an improved management and maintenance of steam restoration programme resulting in 4 locomotives available for use and hire
• an up-to-date locomotive workshop with a skilled workforce which allows SRPS to undertake work for other heritage railways
• income generation from maintenance work
• transformation in the way SRPS engages and interacts with visitors and the wider community
• training and employment opportunities and providing young people with employability skills
• capital investment in buildings and interactive interpretation. Facilities will be in use for many years to come.